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October 6, 2011 2:58 AM
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iW's Project of the Day: Five Doc Filmmakers Tackle the Afghanistan War

An image from "Far From Afghanistan." [Image courtesy of the filmmakers.]

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.


"Far From Afghanistan"

Tweetable Logline:

Five accomplished, politically progressive filmmakers come together to raise the collective consciousness on the Afghanistan War.

Elevator Pitch:

In 2010, the war in Afghanistan surpassed Vietnam as the longest war in US history. This October marks one decade of the war, with 2011 currently on pace to eclipse 2010 as the deadliest year thus far. "Far From Afghanistan" brings together some of the most politically-progressive US filmmakers who will utilize a mosaic of approaches, and explore issues of shared responsibility, history and memory, in a concerted effort to help accelerate resistance to the war. "Far From Afghanistan: The October Edition," featuring works-in-progress from our team will premiere on-line for one-week only beginning October 6.

Production Team:

Directors: John Gianvito ("Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind," "The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein," "Vapor Trail"), Jon Jost ("Speaking Directly: Some American Notes," "Bell Diamond," "All The Vermeers in New York," "The Bed You Sleep In"), Minda Martin ("Love, Loss, & Longing," "AKA Kathe," "Free Land"), Travis Wilkerson ("An Injury to One," "Who Killed Cock Robin?"), Soon-mi Yoo ("PINK," "Dangerous Supplement," "ssitkim: talking to the dead," "faith," "Do Roo")
Producers: Steve Holmgren ("Putty Hill," "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye"), Michael Bowes ("Think of Me," "God in America")

About the Production:

Inspired by the 1967 film, "Far From Vietnam," Gianvito brought together filmmakers Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson, and Soon-mi Yoo--a strong, diverse group of filmmakers all of whom have embraced the challenge of making this ambitious endeavor, a clarion call for an end to the US war in Afghanistan that looks deeper at the issues these 10 years of occupation have wrought.

Current Status:

Post-production.

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1 Comment

  • Jerome Fandor | October 6, 2011 8:43 AMReply

    You can watch the "Far From Afghanistan" short films on www.fandor.com now through Oct. 12th. Fandor has teamed with the FFA filmmakers to bring these amazing films to a wider audience.

    Connect with Facebook to watch for free and enjoy a 7-day free pass to watch all of Fandor's films. http://www.fandor.com/blog/?p=7087